RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
SECTION 1. Section 42-17.1-9.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-17.1 entitled
“Department of Environmental Management” is hereby amended as follows:
42-17.1-9.1. User fees at state beaches, parks, and recreation areas. -- (a) The
department of environmental management in pursuance of its administrative duties and
responsibilities may charge a user fee for any state beach, or recreational area under its
jurisdiction, and fees for the use of its services or facilities.
(b) The fee may be on a daily or annual basis, or both, and may be based on vehicle
parking or other appropriate means. The fees may recognize
the contribution of
taxpayers to support the facilities in relation to other users of the state's facilities. The fee
structure may acknowledge the need to provide for all people, regardless of circumstances.
(c) An additional fee for camping and other special uses may be charged where
appropriate. Rates so charged should be comparable to equivalent commercial facilities.
(d) All such fees shall be established after a public hearing.
(e) All daily fees from beach parking, which shall also include fees charged and
collected at Ninigret conservation
municipality in which the facility is located on the basis of
percent (73%) eighty-
four percent (84%)
retained by the state and
twenty-seven percent (27%) sixteen percent
remitted to the municipality.
(f) Fifty percent (50%) of all user and concession fees received by the state shall be
deposited as general revenues. For the year beginning July 1, 1979, the proportion of user and
concession fees to be received by the state shall be sixty-five percent (65%); for the year
beginning July 1, 1980, eighty-five percent (85%); and for the year beginning July 1, 1981, and
all years thereafter, one hundred percent (100%). The general revenue monies appropriated are
hereby specifically dedicated to meeting the costs of development, renovation of, and acquisition
of state-owned recreation areas and for regular maintenance, repair and operation of state owned
recreation areas. Purchases of vehicles and equipment and repairs to facilities shall not exceed
four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) annually. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 37-
1-1 or any other provision of the general laws, the director of the department of environmental
management is hereby authorized to accept any grant, devise, bequest, donation, gift, or
assignment of money, bonds, or other valuable securities for deposit in the same manner as
provided above for user and concession fees retained by the state.
(g) No fee shall be charged to any school or other nonprofit organization provided that a
representative of the school or other organization gives written notice of the date and time of their
arrival to the facility.
SECTION 2. This article shall take effect July 1, 2011.